Pesto Chicken Bake

Pesto Chicken Bake

Background and History:

Pesto Chicken Bake is a delightful and modern twist on traditional Italian cuisine. Pesto, with its rich history dating back to ancient Rome, has been a beloved sauce for centuries. When combined with tender chicken breasts, it creates a flavorful and comforting dish that’s perfect for any occasion.

Serves:

4

Time:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup basil pesto sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)

Instruction:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place them in a baking dish.
  • Spread a generous layer of pesto sauce over each chicken breast.
  • Scatter the cherry tomatoes around the chicken in the baking dish.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (reaches an internal temperature of 165°F or 74°C).
  • Remove the dish from the oven and sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the chicken.
  • Return to the oven for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: Approximately 350 per serving
  • Protein: Around 30g
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 5g
  • Fat: About 20g

Notes:

  • Pesto is incredibly versatile. You can make your own pesto or choose from various store-bought options, such as basil, sun-dried tomato, or spinach pesto.
  • This dish pairs well with pasta, rice, or a side salad for a complete meal.

Allergy Warning:

  • Be cautious of potential allergens in the pesto sauce or other ingredients used, and consider specific dietary requirements.

Savor the modern Italian flavors of Pesto Chicken Bake, a delightful dish that combines the timeless appeal of pesto with tender chicken and gooey mozzarella. Perfect for weeknight dinners or special occasions, this recipe offers a quick and flavorful meal with a contemporary twist.